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Debating Free Expression

Professor Elisabeth Eide

Read about the event covered by The Jakarta Post.

Under the headline Ten Years Debating Freedom of Expression – Looking Back, Looking Forward appr. 40 participants – both journalists and media academics – from twelve countries gathered in Jakarta 23 – 25 January.

The debates started after the controversies in the aftermath of the Muhammed caricatures published in Jyllands-Posten. One of the initiatives was to invite journalists from a wide range of countries for dialogue conferences in Indonesia and Norway respectively. Now, more than ten years after the first Global Intermedia Dialogue (GIMD) conference was held in Indonesia, the ambition was to highlight experiences and look ahead.

The discussions focused on themes such as Hate Speech – Social media, Media and Marginalization – Gender, Religious, Ethnic and Sexual Minorities, Dialogue vs Confrontation, 20 Years after Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations”, Terrorism – Extremism, The Post-Truth Era?– and last, but not least: How free is fiction? Literature and limits.

The conference was a cooperation between the Department of Communication, Universitas Indonesia and JMIC.

A publication with journalistic and academic contributions from this and a conference in March last year is planned.

 

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Norwegian journalists shared experiences with Kenyan colleagues about transparency

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Henry O. Maina, Regional Director in Article 19 Eastern Africa, teaching about the African Union.

Around 25 journalists were gathered in hotel Panafric in Nairobi 14 – 15 September to learn about access to information as a journalistic tool. Just two weeks before the Kenyan president had signed a new law on access to information – the 21st in Africa.

The Norwegian journalists Tarjei Leer-Salvesen and Vegard Venli shared their professional experiences from working with searchable public records and transparency in general. The workshop was a collaborative effort between the local office of Article 19 Eastern Africa, the Norwegian Press Association and the Norwegian Institute of Journalism.

It´s the second workshop in a pilot project, which aims to follow up the new Norwegian strategy on freedom of expression and the new sustainability goals of the United Nations, financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first workshop was held in Tunisia in May, and a third is planned in Nepal in November.

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Vegard Venli is telling about his experiences from the Norwegian paper Varingen.

More information:

http://presse.no/np-nyhet/toveis-laering-om-innsyn/

https://youtu.be/1iinmFiPTB4

 

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Ethical Journalism Network comments the row between Aftenposten and Facebook

Ethical Journalism Network’s Director Aidan White comments the row between Aftenposten and Facebook over the  censorship of one of the most famous images from the Vietnam war. Read the full article about lessons to be learnt from the Facebook fiasco.